Renault and Nissan, two popular car makers in the world, have teamed up with an Israeli startup that offers Cybersecurity to connected cars. Dubbed as Cybellum, the said company that was established in 2016 will partner with Alliance Innovation Labs to find out vulnerabilities in connected cars to fix them on time before any untoward incident takes place.
“Gone are the days when the cars where offline as now communication is taking place between car components. There are no more mechanical parts as most of the work is being done by touch interface where the internal components are integrated by commands taking the operations to a new level. For instance, brakes can now be operated from a touchscreen and could lead to a disaster”, said Slava Bronfman, CEO of Cybellum.
Bronfman cited an example of 2015 cyber attack where hackers took control of Cherokee Jeep by taking control of its steering via a cellular network connected to the in-car infotainment system.
Cybellum will work with Alliance providing a new architecture to vehicles conducting risk analysis on the inter-connectivity of the entire vehicle. Also, it will track down full attack chain on the entire vehicle, making it easy for the OEMs to fix all kinds of security vulnerabilities.
As thieves can remotely open cars with phone applications and start the engine with ease, Alliance Innovation labs will help in securing vehicles from such attacks.
Note 1- Cybellum seems to be operating with an aim of tapping the vehicle Cybersecurity industry worth $4 billion as of now as it is expected to reach a growth of $10 billion by 2030.
Note 2- Alliance Innovation Labs is based in Tel Aviv, Atidim park and focuses on securing sensors for autonomous driving, cybersecurity and big data.